Q. How many references should you use in a 4 to 6 page essay?
The best person to ask is your Instructor, to see what his or her expectations are.
There is no official answer, as every paper is different and has different needs and every Instructor has different expectations.
If your Instructor is not clear, here are some general guidelines:
- Usually 3-4 good sources should be sufficient.
- Three or four sources should give you enough external information to complement your original thoughts.
- If you use too many sources, your essay becomes a compilation of opinions and ideas of other writers instead of your own.
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